Degrees Don’t Matter Anymore, Skills Do

by Miles Kimball

If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of reality, it is the source of many social pathologies and lost ... Read & React

Computers Aren’t Making Us Better Workers Like They Used To

The last decade’s IT-driven productivity gains have largely fallen off, according to a new paper that the San Francisco Fed put up Monday (Feb. 9). Researchers John Fernald and Bing Wang focused on industries that intensively used or created information technology, and they found that the great ... Read & React

The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job

It's freezing and snowy. It's a million degrees and humid. Your kids are sick. The repairman is coming. You have a doctor's appointment. Whatever the reason, many workers are lucky enough to be able to take advantage of workplaces that offer a bit of flexibility as to when and where they work. But ... Read & React

What Would Happen If You Let Go?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

When I wrote my first book, The Next Level, my goal was to make clear the high but usually unspoken expectations of rising executives. A standard formulation in my field for providing behavioral guidance is keep doing, start doing, stop doing. I suppose that approach would have worked for The Next ... Read & React

Three Tips for Building a Data-Based Strategy

In a recent article titled “Can Transparency by Legislated?” Paul Eder of the Center for Organizational Excellence makes the case that the availability of data in government is not enough to ensure transparency. Eder writes, “One can draw any potential number of conclusions from data in its raw ... Read & React

Standing Desks Are Good, But Would a Standing Office Be Even Better?

Out-of-whack upper and lower vertebrae. Higher risks for certain cancers. Increased incidence of obesity (especially for minority women). Unsightlyvaricose veins and worse, even early death. Sitting is so bad for people that not even exercise can counteract the toll that it takes on our bodies. Yet ... Read & React

Frozen's Idina Menzel Is Over Perfectionism. You Should Be Too.

If you have ever fought against the negative aspects of perfectionism in your work life—you'll appreciate the drama surrounding Idina Menzel's New Year's Eve performance of "Let it Go,” from the hit movie Frozen. (Yes, she did miss a key note or two. So what?) We've all given a less than stellar ... Read & React

The Case For Intense Background Checks For Hires

Carson Block is a skeptical man. He has made a name (and a good deal of money) finding fraud. Muddy Waters, where he’s director of research, takes short positions in obscure Chinese companies, then publicly releases huge and meticulous research reports of accounting irregularities. One of his most ... Read & React

How I Lead: I See Opportunities Everywhere

by Lynnie Martin Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders

Jeff Bardwell, executive strategic communications liaison at the Homeland Security Department’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, juggles many roles. He manages the office’s internal and external communications; advises senior leaders on industry, public and legislative affairs; and serves ... Read & React

Your College Major is a Pretty Good Indication of How Smart You Are

Do students who choose to major in different fields have different academic aptitudes? This question is worth investigating for many reasons, including an understanding of what fields top students choose to pursue, the diversity of talent across various fields, and how this might reflect upon the ... Read & React